PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History
The story of the final Emperor of China.
Bernardo Bertolucci talked at length with Sean Connery about the role of Reginald Johnston. Connery ended up convincing the director not to cast him.
Pu Yi - 8 Years:
I am the Emperor! I can do anything I want!
Big Foot: Yes, oh, yes!
When the puppet Emperor of Manchukuo is speaking and gives a list of the countries that have recognized the Japanese imposed government the Vatican is included as one of them. This is not the case. A religious organization in charge of missions recognized it, but the Holy See never officially recognized Manchukuo because of the Japanese invasion.
The theatrical version runs 163 minutes. A 218 minute version was released in the US in 1998 under the mistaken title of the "Director's Cut". It was known by this erroneous title until the 2008 Criterion DVD and Blu-ray Disc came out. Bertolucci and DP Vittorio Storaro made it clear while working on the DVD and BD that the shorter theatrical version is without doubt the director's cut. The 218 minute version was an early cut meant only to be aired as a four-part television mini-series by the Italian television network that funded the film.
English, Mandarin, Japanese
$21,105 (USA) (27 November 1998)
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